• The Gear Page Apparel & Merch Shop is Open!

    Based on member demand, The Gear Page is pleased to announce that our Apparel Merch Shop is now open. The shop’s link is in the blue Navigation bar (on the right side), “Shop,” with t-shirts, hats, neck buffs, and stickers to start. Here’s the direct link: www.thegearpageshop.com

    You’ll find exclusive high-quality apparel and merchandise; all items are ethical, sustainably produced, and we will be continuously sourcing and adding new choices. 

    We can ship internationally. All shipping is at cost.


Recording a harp

onemind

Member
Messages
3,585
The only success I ever had was with a single AKG 414/ULS in figure eight mode (in a small live space) about eighteen inches from the strings, towards the treble side. The 'null' was actually pointed at the base of the harp, it sounded very ethereal.
 

Zero Point

Member
Messages
483
A good condenser mic, about 1.5 to 2 feet away aimed at the hands should give you a good starting point. You can also play with the room itself to see if you can get a nice 'air'.

I would try another cond. mic about 4 feet from the harp to see if I could get a little ambience.

-ZP
 

isfahani

Member
Messages
487
In addition to close micing, I'd also see about slapping a contact pickup on it somewhere... Experiment.
 

thesedaze

Member
Messages
1,682
How is it being used in the mix? As with any classical string instrument, it really depends on if it is used to be an upfront soloist, or an ambient 'room' instrument. Also depends on the context in which is sits...what type of music?

If it's more of a traditional classical 'room' sound, I'd go with stereo ribbons out front and overhead.

If it's a modern soloist sound, a spot mic would work best...I'd still try to work with a ribbon, but a LD FET Condenser would work well also.

If you have the option, maybe do both...
 

drfrankencopter

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
2,300
I'd think that there would be potential noise/gain issues with using ribbons on a harp....it's just too low volume instrument and will require lots of gain from the preamp. I think I'd be more inclined to use a large diaphragm condensor.

Cheers

Kris
 

DerekEstrada

Member
Messages
574
Thanks again everyone...after much experimenting....a Neumann on a stand, about a foot and a half away from the bottom did it....
 




Trending Topics

Top